How Italians Celebrate New Year

How Italians Celebrate New Year

Italians love to celebrate the New Year, which makes it a brilliant time for tourists to visit and get a taste of Italian culture. There are many exciting, interesting reasons to spend this New Year in Italy, and this blog post will hopefully cover a few of them!

Traditional New Year’s Food in Italy

Italian food is always great, but it’s particularly special at New Year. Many Italians celebrate the New Year with special dishes that have a symbolic significance. Look out for dishes with raisins, as they are supposed to represent good luck. And look for dishes with lentils, which symbolise wealth for the coming year. It’s not clear what the symbolism is, but risotto in bianco (white risotto) is incredibly popular at New Year, as is zampone (a type of sausage) and a type of slow-cooked sausage called cotechino.

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Traditional Italian New Year’s Symbolism

Depending on which restaurant, bar, or establishment you’re in during New Year’s Eve, you may get to see some of the Italian traditions, steeped in symbolism. For instance, it is traditional to burn a Christmas log before New Year’s Day to ward off evil spirits and also invite in the Virgin Mary and Jesus. It is also traditional to throw pots, pans, and even clothes out of the window as a way of letting go of the past and embracing the future. And if you really want to do as the locals do, wear red underwear on December 31st, as Italians believe it brings them good luck in the New Year!

Venice at New Year

Venice is particularly special at New Year as the Christmas decorations are still up and they look incredible reflected in the water. Every year, there is a spectacular fireworks display in Sestiere San Marco, but you should be able to see it from wherever your celebrations take you. This New Year, why not get lost in Venice, exploring its winding streets and undeniable charm?

There are a range of walking tours in Venice for you to choose from here at Venice Events. It’s also absolutely essential to also explore Venice’s canals, perhaps with our romantic gondola ride for two deal or one of our other boat tours. If you’re only making a fleeting visit, you may like to try our Venice in a day tour. If you’re staying in Venice for a few days, the good news is that most of the monuments, museums, and attractions will only be closed on New Year’s Day, and that it’s business as usual otherwise.

Rome at New Year

Rome is also a brilliant city to see in the New Year. Its countless churches are decorated with beautiful decorations, with particular focus on the Nativity, which the Italians call ‘presepe’. Make sure to visit the incredible Christmas tree at St Peter’s and to explore the Vatican during the festive period.

You’ll want a particularly memorable New Year’s meal and Rome has some incredible restaurants, but there are some not-so-great restaurants aimed at tourists too. So, be discerning and choose your New Year’s meal carefully—reading Trip Advisor’s reviews can help.

Afterwards, to celebrate, why not head to the Coliseum, Piazza Venezia, or Piazza del Popolo. These public parties are where lots of people gather together to see in the New Year, so it’s the perfect way to have the full Roman-New-Year experience.

We hope you’ve found this blog helpful and informative. We’ve looked at traditional New Year’s food, the rich Italian symbolism at this time of year, and what to do in Rome and Venice to ensure you have an amazing New Year’s celebration. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our range of Venice tours. Book the perfect Italian New Year’s trip today.